The decision to remove the names from the jerseys was made to pay homage to the history of Penn State football and return to the tradition that represented Penn State for 125 years.
The names were added to the back of the jerseys during the 2012 season by then-head coach Bill O’Brien in recognition of the players’ resolve and dedication to the team and the University.
Head coach James Franklin and several Penn State football letterwinners met with members of the current Nittany Lion football team on Thursday morning to inform them of the return to the iconic no name jerseys.
The 2015 poster includes the mantra “Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game.” to reflect the history and tradition of Penn State football and its classic uniforms.
The slogan also adorned the cover of the 2008 Penn State Football Yearbook, a year in which Penn State won the Big Ten Championship.
Statement from Head Coach James Franklin:
“In 2012, for the first time in the program’s history, names adorned the back of the jersey to forever identify the men who stayed loyal, sacrificed & chose to play for this institution during the most difficult of times. The 2012 team, permanently recognized in Beaver Stadium, will hold an enduring place in our program’s history. Their commitment will never be forgotten. However, it’s time we bring back the tradition that represented Penn State for 125 years. We are a strong family, playing for one goal, one university and there is only one name that truly matters, Penn State.”
[“source – wgal.com”]